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I have a Mac Air Book with MAC OS X 10.7.5. How would I keep the Mac running for a few days (not going into sleep mode) so I can get all my files backed up on Carbonite? Should I keep the lid of the laptop open so the keyboard doesn't heat up?

Also (beginner question) what is the difference in what the Mac can do when it is in sleep mode versus fully off?
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Generally a mac cannot do anything when it's asleep or off. The newer retina mac's can do minimal things when asleep like keep internet connection alive, do system updates, etc.
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You can change your system preferences to set the laptop to never sleep. Start your backup and leave it be.

Just so you know, my MacBook Air is never opened and it runs for weeks at a time. It isn't going to overheat as long as the fan exhaust isn't blocked.

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You can change your system preferences to set the laptop to never sleep. Start your backup and leave it be.

Just so you know, my MacBook Air is never opened and it runs for weeks at a time. It isn't going to overheat as long as the fan exhaust isn't blocked.
I don't know about previous versions of OS X but you cannot choose to stop your laptop from sleeping in Mountain Lion. There is simply no "never" option for sleep.
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Wow. That's so weird! I just checked (yet again) and there it was! I was so disappointed when I first got my mac that I had no option for 'never'... Weird. Ok, I was wrong. Thanks!
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Thanks everyone. Know I know all I need to about when and how to put my Mac to sleep. This is my first time using the Forum. You guys are a great resource!
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